Paul Pierce SF WAS 2 Months

The Nets reportedly had the opportunity to match the Wizards' offer on Paul Pierce, but chose not to.

The Nets had Pierce's Bird Rights, and could have offered him more money than any other team, but they chose to let him walk. The Nets surrendered three future first round draft picks when they acquired Pierce and Kevin Garnett a year ago, and with Garnett's future in Brooklyn also cloudy, it doesn't look like they got much a return on that investment.

Paul Pierce SF WAS 2 Months

The Wizards will sign Paul Pierce on a two-year, $11 million deal, according to

It's expected to be a two-year deal and work for the Wizards's mid-level exception. He will also have a player option in the second year, which makes sense after he's said multiple times he's likely to play just two seasons. The Wizards did a fantastic job here and were able to come away with a solid small forward after losing out on Trevor Ariza. Pierce will have to change his style of play a little and will likely be catching and shooting more.

Paul Pierce SF WAS 2 Months

Paul Pierce confirmed on Thursday that he has been contacted by his former coach Doc Rivers about joining the Clippers.

Pierce also mentioned that the free agency process will move quicker once LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony make their decisions. The two top suitors for Pierce appear to be the Nets and the Clippers, but more teams will likely be added to the mix once the top-tier free agents sign with teams. Pierce said that he will like to play for two more years, but added that he has "no idea where I'll be going next year."

Paul Pierce SF WAS 2 Months

Unrestricted free agent Paul Pierce is seeking a two-year contract at about $9-10 million per season.

He said he wants to play at least two more seasons, so the two-year deal makes sense. It's tough to tell if teams are going to be willing to give up that kind of money after Pierce's game really slowed down in his first year with the Nets. He made $15.3 million last season and hasn't made less than $10 million since 2003.

Paul Pierce SF WAS 2 Months

Unrestricted free agent Paul Pierce wants to play at least two more seasons.

His minutes per game took a massive hit at 28.0 last year, which shattered his previous career low of 33.4 from 2012-13. Pierce also had career lows in points and boards, so he's clearly on his way down. He sits 18th on the all-time scoring list and will almost certainly climb into the top 15 next year.

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General manager Billy King said the Nets are not negotiating with the Clippers on a sign-and-trade deal for Paul Pierce.

King said the Clippers have been calling, but the team is not interested. Kevin Garnett is expected to come back next season, but joining his former coach, Doc Rivers, on a better team is an attractive option for Pierce. Chances are The Truth won't come to terms on a deal until after Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James have decided.

Paul Pierce SF WAS 3 Months

The Los Angeles Clippers are interested in acquiring Paul Pierce from the Nets in a sign-and-trade.

The Clippers could use their $5.3 million mid-level exception to sign the unrestricted free agent, but have a surplus of small forwards and would prefer to send a player to Brooklyn in the deal. The Clippers would ideally like to include a combination of Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley, and Reggie Bullock, but the Nets reportedly aren't interested in any of those players. The Clippers will also be in the hunt for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony this summer, but may end up sweetening their offer to Brooklyn if they fail to land either superstar.

Paul Pierce SF WAS 3 Months

In addition to the Clippers, free agent Paul Pierce has been contacted by the Bulls, Grizzlies, Mavericks and Trail Blazers.

Presumably the Nets have also contacted him about returning to Brooklyn, but it's tough to gauge Pierce's interest after a postseason disappointment and the messy departure of coach Jason Kidd. There's a good chance Pierce will wait to see where other key free agents sign before choosing where to spend one of the final years of his NBA career.

Paul Pierce SF WAS 3 Months

With Jason Kidd long gone in Brooklyn, it's possible the Clippers will make a strong play to lure free agent Paul Pierce back to Doc Rivers.

The love Pierce and Rivers have for each other is no secret and with all the turmoil happening in Brooklyn, it would be very easy to see Pierce bolting for L.A. This summer. And given that the biggest hole the Clippers have in their starting lineup is small forward, this looks like a perfect match.

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Paul Pierce said following Wednesday's loss that he has one or two more years "at most" in his NBA career.

He finished with 19 points, two boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes during Wednesday's season-ending loss to the Heat. The 36-year-old swingman turned in a solid series vs. Miami, averaging 14.0 points on 46.6 percent from the field, but he didn't fare too well on defense. Pierce is almost a lock to move into the top 15 on the NBA's all-time scoring list, but his fantasy value is unlikely to be selected in the first half of drafts in the fall.